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To Save Coral Reefs, Start With Parrotfish

  Coral reefs are very complex ecosystems, but luckily managing them sustainably is not. Simply don’t catch fish faster than they reproduce, don’t damage the corals or pollute the water, reduce atmospheric CO2, and protect some areas as marine reserves. That’s easier said than done, and it’s not news. What is new is that an…

Q&A—Hōkūle‘a Crew Members Answer Questions from NG Staff

Daniel Lin is following the thrilling adventures and historic undertaking of Hōkūle’a's voyage around the world. With the Worldwide Voyage well under way, crew members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society took a minute to reflect with Daniel and answer some of the questions that National Geographic staff had for them.

Our Ocean Conference: A Turning Point for Ocean Conservation?

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jacob James Ocean conservation is in need of action, not talk, but the Our Ocean Conference, hosted by Secretary John Kerry and the U.S. Department of State last week was not just hot air. Rather, it was worth its carbon footprint, and we were honored to attend. All in attendance…

A Taste for Sustainability

I recently had the great honor of serving dinner to Secretary of State John Kerry and numerous assembled dignitaries at the U.S. Department of State’s Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C. I did not serve salmon, tuna, or cod. Instead, I selected for the menu an appetizer of Gulf of Maine lobster from whale-friendly traps,…

Pictures: Inside Scandinavia’s Biggest Icebreaker

Take a look inside the Oden, the 351-foot (107-meter) Swedish vessel that pulverizes ice and helps polar scientists do their jobs.

Hōkūle’a: Pulling Tahiti out of the Sea

Daniel Lin is following the thrilling adventures and historic undertaking of Hōkūle’a's voyage around the world. Here, the Polynesian Voyaging Society successfully makes their first landfall on the Worldwide Voyage in Tahiti and are greeted by the beautiful sights, sounds, and smiles of French Polynesia.

A Chance to Save Our Oceans, and Save Lives

By Michael R. Bloomberg and César Gaviria More than three billion people around the world depend on fish for food or income, and that number is rising even as the supply of fish is falling. The amount of fish caught peaked in the 1990s and has dropped by eight percent since, because there are fewer…

President Obama: Sustainable Seafood Champion-in-Chief

By Tim Fitzgerald and Matt Tinning American seafood lovers come from all along  the political spectrum. Similarly, the elected officials who have championed policies that advance sustainable seafood have been both Republican and Democrat. President Obama has emerged as one such champion through his administration’s work to end overfishing and transform American fisheries management. This…

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management—Part IV

Protecting essential fish habitat: Homes and nurseries On May 29, the House Natural Resources Committee met to refine legislation reauthorizing and amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law that governs fishing in U.S. ocean waters. This is vital work: Our oceans are one of our nation’s most valuable natural resources. And…

Open Letter on the Occasion of the “Our Ocean” Conference

We thank Secretary Kerry and the US Department of State for their leadership in getting the US public and world community to focus on the importance of the ocean in addressing the challenges of Climate Change in general, and ocean acidification in particular.

Worldwide Voyage: Photos from Week Two

After months of anticipation and years of preparation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its two canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, finally set off from their home on O’ahu for their voyage around the world! Follow Daniel Lin as he brings us the feelings, sights, sounds and thrilling adventures of this historic undertaking.

Ocean Conservation: Is the Tide Finally Turning?

By Ghislaine Maxwell Fish don’t vote; is that perhaps why the ocean and its problems are a low priority for governments and few politicians see a need to have a public opinion on ocean related issues? The ocean and its myriad of problems generally elicit a collective shrug from the general public. You are more…

World Oceans Day 2014: Together, We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean

By Bill Mott World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity once a year to honor our world’s ocean that connects us all, and this weekend you can join with people in communities around the world to mark the day in a special way. After all, no matter where we live­­—from California to Kansas to the…

Live Update From Aboard Hōkūleʻa—Week One

Watch as young crew members, Jenna and Austin, talk about their experiences with navigation, squalls, seasickness, and canoe life in general.

Are Sharks Actually The Prey?

Just a few hundred kilometers off the Whitsunday Islands on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I travelled with a group of scientists collecting photographs and data on the health of the porites coral. We received a frantic call from another biologist, a shark expert who believed one of his track subjects, a three year old tiger shark…